by Doug Sitler

Amherst-Bike-PathIf you’re an exercise-minded individual visiting the Buffalo-area, in particular locations near the suburb of Amherst and the University at Buffalo, you may want to take advantage of the Town of Amherst’s six paved bike and exercise trails that total over 22 miles. Ranging from the .9 mile I-990 Trailway to the 7.2 mile Ellicott Creek Trailway, there are a variety of paths that offer something for everyone.

The trails are set in nicely manicured greenways throughout Buffalo’s largest suburb. Many of the trails reside on the outer edges of housing developments and office parks, which allow for a tranquil walk or ride.

The trail that I’ve recently enjoyed multiple-times is the Ellicott Creek Trailway. There are numerous parking lots and entrances along the path, so accessibility is not an issue. The Ellicott Creek Trailway follows the creek that it’s named after, which provides some unexpected experiences in nature. One recent visit we saw a giant Blue Heron standing in the middle of the creek, on other visits we’ve seen deer at the water’s edge. This particular path takes you around the perimeter of the University at Buffalo and onward to Ellicott Creek Park.

The Amherst Canalway Trail is also a trail that I have explored with my mountain bike. The 5.7 mile trail takes you along the banks of the New York State Barge Canal (aka The Erie Canal). Much like the Ellicott Creek Trailway, you will experience numerous animal species, as well as watch recreational boaters slowly cruise the canal.
For more a map of the Amherst Bike and Exercise Path system, visit: http://eap.buffalo.edu/aom/documents/bikepath.pdf

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